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Plugged: A Novel (Daniel McEvoy #1)

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Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind.


That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly Daniel's got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops and his man-crazy upsta
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Published September 1st 2011 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dan Schwent
Bouncer Daniel McEvoy's life spins out of control when the girl he loves winds up dead, his friend turns up missing, thugs all over town are gunning for him, and his crazy neighbor may be in love with him. Worse yet, he's going bald...

I heard Eoin Colfer speak at BoucherCon 2011 and he was so hilarious I had to immediately snap this one up. I was not disappointed.

Plugged is a damn fine adult novel from Colfer, much better than the Hitchhiker's Guide sequel he wrote a couple years ago. Daniel McE
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James Thane
Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-soldier now living in New Jersey and working as a doorman at a seedy, low-rent casino. His only real friend is the off-beat doctor who's doing Daniel's hair transplant.

Then one night Daniel has to throw an egomaniacal lawyer out of the casino and things take a serious turn for the worse. Daniel soon finds himself in the middle of a series of murders and criminal schemes, none of which he understands and all of which pose a serious threat to his life and liberty. For
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Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A breezy, fast read without a single "50 cent word" in the book. I would almost say this is a hard boiled noir, certainly Colfer amasses a respectable body count, but despite Colfer's best efforts he is a nice guy and he had a hard time really convincing me that anything truly horrible was ever going to happen.

For me the strength in the book was in the characterizations. Daniel McEvoy is likable and certainly capable. He does get himself out of some seemingly impossible ways with a combination
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Jim
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I thought Colfer was a YA novelist & put off listening to this book. I shouldn't have. It was an adult mystery full of humor & intrigue. McEvoy is a great character with a wonderful back story that's slowly filled in. All the characters are memorable & the situation is fluid. While this book stands well enough alone, there's certainly room for more. McEvoy is just that sort of character, an Irish Don Quixote in New Jersey. Just one little thing leads to another & ...more
Nikki
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, humour
It proved impossible to take this book seriously, so I didn't even try. I'm too used to Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books, and in a way, this hasn't grown up much from that -- just in the subject matter and the rating (for language and violence).

It doesn't touch Raymond Chandler in terms of the detective character, who isn't nearly as quick-thinking, slick-talking, smart-assing as Philip Marlowe. On the other hand, he's fun in himself, with his inner monologues and his stupid ideas.

To be honest,
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Scott Asher
When I was a Middle School literature teacher I petitioned my Principal to change up the normal reading schedule, ditching Red Badge of Courage and bringing in a new series I found at the Scholastic warehouse: Artemis Fowl. My kids and I were in love from page one so I’ve been a fan of Eoin Colfer for years. This book is not Artemis Fowl. This book is piss, vinegar and vulgarity wrapped in laugh out loud funny.

Plugged
By Eoin Colfer
Read by John Keating
Overlook Hardcover & AudioGO
September 20
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Stephanie (Bookfever. ❤)
Plugged sure was something different from the other books I've read by this author since this one is more for the adult crowd. And I'm really glad that I ended up liking it a lot, though it's not really surprising because it's Eoin Colfer. I would read anything by him.

This book is about the Irish Daniel McEvoy, who works as a bouncer at a crammy club in New Jersey. When the girl he likes, Connie, one of the clubs hostesses is killed is murdered and his good friend Zeb goes missing and possibily
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Fembat
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit it, even if they are children’s books, I absolutely adore the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. They are always light hearted and thoroughly entertaining reads – and Artemis, for me, is one of the most fascinating fictional teenage characters. The quality of writing always transcends their classification of children’s books and, if you do enjoy imaginative stories, they come highly recommend. So, with that said, I will continue to give you my verdict on Eoins first step into adult fict ...more
Andrew
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And finally I get round to reading the first book of Daniel McEvoy and I wasnt disappointed and as I expected (though no surprised) it did explain a lot about how the events and characters came to be in its sequel (Screwed) - along with an suitable explanation for the title, all I can say is follicle transplants.

But the book itself is a wonderful mix of action, dry dialogue and situations which seem to be driven out of sheer bad luck, poor assumptions and just generally being in the wrong place
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Helen
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narration for this audiobook by John Keating was fantastic, unfortunately it could not elevate what was simply an okay book.
Anirudh Parthasarathy
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
Plugged is a story about an ex-military man who had served the Irish Army Daniel McEvoy and is now just a doorman at a casino in a fictitious New Jersey town, Cloisters. Apparently he has no problems, with only tonsorial concerns, as he looks like a seventy year old due to his baldness; until one day when he picks a fight with a certain influential lawyer. Since then, his colleague and girlfriend, Connie is found dead, his former employer and friend, Doctor Zeb Kronski goes missing, presumably d ...more
Randal
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Funny, well-paced. Not too gory. I like how many of the fringe characters are live wires (the upstairs neighbor, the gay bouncer, the Irish army psychiatrist).
Good clues offered up throughout to help the reader guess-along.
The one quibble is that I'm tired of reading first-person stories ... although this is one of the better ones.
It doesn't take itself too seriously and you shouldn't either. It's a good yarn, well told.
Marleen
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Eoin Colfer. My daughter has read and loved all the Artemis Fowl books though, I've met the author at a book signing and liked him and his sense of humour and I am a fan of the crime genre, so this book seemed a save bet. And I wasn't wrong.
This is a action packed book, but not to be taken too seriously with a story that has so much happening in it that I'm not quite sure how to summarize it.
Daniel McEvoy is an ex Irish army sergeant working as a doorman in a low-grade
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Jason Edwards
Plugged started off so promising, in my opinion, and I wonder if that's why I'm a bit more let down than I might otherwise have been. I read the sample of the book offered by Barnes and Noble, and when I got to the end of the free part, going ahead with the purchase was a no brainer. I liked the way the main character talked: sarcastic, bitter, old before his time but not so long before that he hadn't earned his fatigue. I liked the setting: a dive casino in an otherwise affluent New Jersey bedr ...more
Tim Niland
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Egged on by one of my favorite authors, Ken Bruen, to take a break from the world of young adult literature and enter the world of adult crime fiction, the author of the popular Artemis Fowl series of teen adventures turns to the seedy underbelly of New Jersey for this darkly funny tale of mobsters, murder and redemption. Daniel McEvoy mustered out of the Irish army after a couple of peacekeeping tours of Lebanon under his belt and is looking for a fresh start. Emigrating to America he finds the ...more
Eric
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Oirish
Recommended to Eric by: Saw the author read a passage at a book festival
Shelves: signed, crime
This book's biggest strength -- its narrative voice -- is also, at points, its biggest weakness. The voice of Daniel McEvoy, the middle-aged Irish bouncer protagonist, is humorous, neurotic, and rings true. But on a few occasions, Colfer tries a bit too hard to be funny, like making fun of descriptions he just gave, or with the banter between the narrative voice and the second voice the narrator hears in his head (that will make sense if you read the book, I promise).
Rike
Dieses Buch fällt unter das, was meine Oma wohl als Gaunerklamauk bezeichnet hätte. Der Hauptcharakter ist ein ehemaliger Soldat, jetzt Türsteher, Anfang 40 mit schütterem Haupthaar trotz Haartransplantation, der über eine Reihe kurioser Bekanntschaften und Freunde verfügt. Aufgrund einer Lüge seines besten Freundes (illegale Aktivitäten), einer erschossenen Kellnerin (seine Liebschaft), einer gehörigen Portion Paranoia gepaart mit dem Helfersyndrom gerät er nicht nur in polizeiliche Ermittlunge ...more
Abhishek
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Guy Ritchie is looking for a script for his next movie, his search could stop with Plugged! Eoin Colfer has made his name as an author with his Artemis Fowl novels, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, making me wonder how his novel meant for an age group above the regular readers of Artemis Fowl books would turn out to be. In a few words, it surprised me. Plugged is not an Artemis Fowl book, not even close! It holds its own, right from the beginning to the end, revolving around this hilarious we ...more
Sabrina H
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so funny, the plot was simply amazing, the characters were so badass and funny, I couldn't put it down.
I loved this book from star to finish. The story was very unique, and has everything : HUMOR, action, suspense, a really good writing and a crazy best friend.
•I recommend this book to anyone who loves a really fast and funny read.
Rob Kitchin
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Plugged a lot. There’s plenty to like - a zip along plot; lots of action; plenty of twists and turns; some very funny scenes; a healthy dose of witty one liners; and a load of colourful characters. It reads like a movie script for a Jason Statham or Vin Diesel vehicle. In many ways, it kind of reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and Chris Grabenstein’s John Ceepak series. And like the Plum and Ceepak novels, it’s set in New Jersey. After Florida, New Jersey is clearly ...more
Tiina
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artemis Fowl fans
I read Plugged because I love the Artemis Fowl series and I liked it - didn't love it, didn't hate it. It had all the elements that made me love Artemis but at the same time I feel like there should have been something more... This was a book for adults, after all, and I expected to see at least some new sides of Colfer.

Things that I liked? The book was definitely interesting: the plot was very fast-paced and the scenes followed each other without any room for exhaling: there was no real possibi
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Larry
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-ever
5/5 Stars
A great read! The audiobook version is better because the reader is so spot-on with the different voices (particularly Zeb, an amoral unlicensed Jewish doctor), but the print version deserves 5 stars also. Funny and surprisingly deep with many layers that induces a lot of thoughtful introspection. If laugh out loud mysteries is your thing, then Plugged definitely deserves its prime location on your bookshelf.

This is Colfer's second adult book and I believe his best (yep, read the YA Ar
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J.J. Toner
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is how to write superb noir. Dripping with cutting-edge dialogue and inspired narrative tricks, Colfer’s high-fibre tale goes down as smooth as an intravenous drip. I particularly liked the disembodied voice in our hero’s head. What a clever device this is. Colfer uses it in place of internal dialogue and for comic effect.

It’s written in first person present tense, a combination that I usually find distracting at best, off-putting at worst. Eoin pulls it off with ease, in a strong engaging
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Ally
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective-novels
When I was reading this book, I spent a lot of time mentally comparing it to Warren Ellis' book, Crooked Little Vein. Both have the same gritty feel, and unapologetic grossness (ie, our narrator often reminisces about how he met his friend Zeb by crashing into the office as Zeb was injecting fat into someone's dick. Yeah, it's one of those kinds of books.)

Still, while I wasn't always caught up by the humor, our 'hero' has a decent sense of snark, and is a decent guy deep down.

Plus, the author ma
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Gabriela
Meh. The whole book was just meh. I was looking forward to Plugged since I'm now an adult who first read Artemis Fowl when I was twelve, ten years ago. Yay, an adult book from one of my favorite series authors, but I was disappointed. It wasn't really that funny, nor did I really like Daniel McEvoy. I'm not sure if the writing, plot, or characterization was the issue. I'm going towards writing I think. The plot was interesting, and looking back, I think that's the reason I stuck with it. Plugged ...more
Judy
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of the reviews I read prior to reading this book compared it to Carl Hiaasen's works. I assumed that meant it would be funny even if only in a dark way. It wasn't funny at all. There might have been one moment where I cracked a smile but that was it. The characters were strange. The plot was absurd. It should have been hysterical. It wasn't. In fact at some points I wondered if I was reading a serious crime novel but then something silly would happen and I would realize that no, it was tryin ...more
Tac Anderson
This is not a book for the kiddies. Nothing horribly descriptive in it but lots of foul language and general situations that would arise from an ex-Irish military turned bouncer working at a sleazy New Jersey casino who gets wrapped up in the local criminal element. The result is a decent but not staggering body count.

It sometimes feels like Eoin is trying to intentionally write something completely different from his normal youth fiction. Kind of like when a young teen star known for their rol
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Maddy
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
PROTAGONIST: Daniel McEvoy, Irish casino bouncer
SETTING: New Jersey
RATING: 3.0
WHY: Daniel McEvoy is a bouncer at a shabby casino in New Jersey. The owner is a real slime who mistreats employees and young women. In a game of poker, Daniel wins the casino. One of the casino waitresses who Daniel fancies is killed, so he investigates. He has other irons in the fire - his shady hair transplant surgeon has disappeared and his landlord believes that he is her long lost husband. The book is entertainin
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Bettie☯


Colfer's first foray into the world of grown-ups and we start out in a Casino; there is a hostess, a bouncer and a tongue-on punter.

Things are looking up!

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Later - see where I wrote about this being Colfer's entrance into the adult world, the trouble is he brought the whole puerile schoolboy humour thing along with him in his satchel. It is Saturday night, I was looking for some off the wall whacky, quite prepared for some vernacular, however this is not it.

Artemis Fowle 2001 - 4*
The
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Paul Hulford
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eoin Colfer's best book for years.
Anyone who is familiar with the Artemis Fowl books will know how clever and funny Eoin Colfer's books can be.
This is his first "adult" offering and it's a welcome return to form, with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments.
We accompany Daniel McEvoy, an ex Irish Army Sergeant, now seedy casino bouncer, on a journey through murder, misunderstandings and schizophrenia - and all because he wanted a full head of hair!
After my disappointment with the last Artemis Fowl and
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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“I'm on my feet, pacing around the room, punching a fist into my palm, which I stop doing when I realise how drama queen it feels.” 11 likes
“I am not qualified to deal with this. Why does everyone I meet seem to have mental problems?

Ah...but did they have mental problems before meeting you? Who’s the common denominator here, Dan?

I do not have mental problems! I say to the voice in my head, perfectly aware how damning it would sound were I to say it aloud.”
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